Troy’s Ashley Beverly Kelley, Caitlyn Ramirez Earn All-Sun Belt Honors

Troy women’s basketball senior Ashley Beverly Kelley and junior Caitlyn Ramirez have been named to the All-Sun Belt Conference team, the league announced on Tuesday.

NEW ORLEANS – Troy women’s basketball senior Ashley Beverly Kelley and junior Caitlyn Ramirez have been named to the All-Sun Belt Conference team, the league announced on Tuesday.  Beverly Kelley was named to the first team for the second straight season, while Ramirez was named to the third team for her first career All-Sun Belt selection.


Beverly Kelley, the Sun Belt’s leading scorer at 20.6 points per game, has now been named to the All-Sun Belt team in three straight seasons, making her the first player in Troy’s 23-year Division I history to earn all-conference honors in three straight seasons.


The Adamsville, Ala., native is just the fourth player in Troy’s all-time history with three all-conference selections, and just the second with multiple first team selections.


In addition to leading the Sun Belt in scoring in all games, she also led the way in Sun Belt games at 21.5 points per game.  Beverly Kelley also leads the league in free throw percentage with an 87.0 percent mark.  She ranks second in steals with 2.2 per game and third in assists with 4.0 per game.


During her senior season, Beverly Kelley was twice named the Sun Belt Student-Athlete of the Week, she was an Allstate WBCA Good Works Nominee and a Senior CLASS Award candidate.  She has score in double figures 26 times, including 18 games with 20-plus points.


Beverly Kelley has upped her career total to 1,912 points, the most in Troy’s Division I history, second most in its all-time history and the 12th most in Sun Belt history.


Ramirez ranks third in the Sun Belt in field goal percentage at 52.8 percent and ranks 13th in scoring with 12.1 points per game.  She leads Troy and ranks in the Sun Belt top 10 with 6.9 rebounds per game.  During Troy’s current stretch of seven wins in eight games, she is leading the way with 8.3 rebounds per game.


The Shawnee, Okla., native has scored in double figures 21 times and is the only player in the Sun Belt to shoot over 50 percent overall and over 35 percent from 3-point range.


Ramirez becomes the fourth different player to earn All-Sun Belt honors in Chanda Rigby’s four seasons as head coach at Troy.  The two selections give Troy seven All-Sun Belt selections in Rigby’s four seasons, two more than it had in its previous seven seasons in the Sun Belt combined.


Beverly Kelley, Ramirez and the Trojans open the Sun Belt Championships on Wednesday when they take on South Alabama at 2 p.m. at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.



2016 Sun Belt All-Conference Teams


First Team All-Sun Belt Conference

Khadija Brown-Haywood (Arkansas State, Senior, Forward, Early Childhood Education)

Aundrea Gamble (Arkansas State, Senior, Guard, Master of Arts in Teaching)

Shanity James (Little Rock, Senior, Forward, Sociology)

Keke Veal (UL Lafayette, Senior, Guard, Sport Management)

Ashley Beverly Kelley (Troy, Senior, Guard, Exercise Science)


Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference

Alexius Dawn (Little Rock, Senior, Guard, Sociology)

Angel McGowan (Georgia Southern, Junior, Guard, Exercise Science)

Kia Wilridge (UL Lafayette, Senior Guard, Exercise Science)

Alayshia Hunter (UL Monroe, Senior, Forward, Kinesiology)

Rebekah VanDijk (UT Arlington, Sophomore, Center, Pre-Law)


Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference

Brittney Gill (Arkansas State, Senior, Guard, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Chyna Ellis (South Alabama, Sophomore, Center, Allied Health)

Marquita Daniels (South Alabama, Sophomore, Guard, Criminal Justice)

Cierra Johnson (UT Arlington, Sophomore, Guard, Child Psychology/Pre-Med)

Caitlyn Ramirez (Troy, Junior, Forward, Psychology)


2016 Sun Belt Conference Student-Athlete of the Year

Aundrea Gamble, Arkansas State


2016 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Student-Athlete of the Year

Chyna Ellis, South Alabama


2016 Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year

Madison Newby, Georgia State


2016 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year

Brian Boyer, Arkansas State

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